I was born December 8, 1996 at The Coulston Foundation biomedical research laboratory in Alamogordo, NM to my mother Katrina and father Richie. I was taken from my mother at birth and raised in the lab’s nursery. When I was just 17 months old, I was shipped across the country to a laboratory in Maryland. There I was used in multiple medical research studies, and was frequently anesthetized to be inoculated, my blood drawn, and liver biopsied. I was confined indoors for years in what can best be described as a glass box. These experiences so traumatized me that I began biting myself.
When Save the Chimps rescued me, my life changed dramatically. I joined a chimpanzee family, and never bit or injured myself. Once pale with a thin coat of hair, my skin and hair became dark and luxurious thanks to the sunshine I had never before seen. I grew into a confident chimpanzee who was a wonderful friend and protector to my friend Moesha. Today I live on a three-acre island with Moesha and the other members of Tapioca’s Group.
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